High Blood Pressure
Morning Hypertension Explanation
Morning hypertension is often considered a warning sign for more serious health problems
Morning hypertension is when high blood pressure rises particularly in the morning. This may be considered a warning sign for more serious health concerns. Morning hypertension has been known to increase future risk of experiencing heart symptoms or the lead-up to stroke. Individuals may have their blood pressure under control but still experience high peaks of morning hypertension.
These are known as Early Morning Blood Pressure Surges.
Those who are at risk of developing morning hypertension may have the following health conditions: existing high blood pressure, type 1 or 2 diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol; be over 65 years of age, use tobacco products or consume alcohol regularly. Not exercising and not eating a proper diet can also contribute to Early Morning Blood Pressure Surges.
For those who experience high blood pressure or morning hypertension, an in-home blood pressure monitor is recommended. Knowing your numbers gives you the information that you can use to offset the possibility of a stroke or heart attack. By monitoring blood pressure levels at different points in the day, you can recognize what are the problem parts of your daily routine and habits. Then you can take appropriate corrective action.
Morning hypertension is very common in those with high blood pressure. It is based on the circadian rhythm, the daily sleep-wake cycle. Circadian rhythms affect sleeping patterns, as well as the time we wake, releasing hormones that can give you energy in the morning, and also increase blood pressure.
The best measure is to control you overall blood pressure, so you don’t fall victim to Early Morning Blood Pressure Surges.